Select a walker that has rubber grips for the hands and nonskid rubber-tipped wheels to keep you from sliding. Check the rubber tips or wheels regularly for wear and tear and replace them often to avoid slipping and falling. Wear shoes or slippers with rubber soles. Ensure that the floor is clean, dry and well-lit. Remove any scatter rugs to prevent falls. Avoid areas with thick carpets.
Select a walker that can be adjusted for height. As you age, this feature will come in handy. Ask your caregiver to attach a bag or basket for small items such as purses, wallets and books. For indoor use, select a walker with a lightweight metal frame that is easy to lift as you walk. If you need a walker for indoor and outdoor use, choose a walker with a heavy metal frame, sturdy wheels and hand brakes. Some walkers can be folded for travel or storage.
Choose from a selection of walkers to suit your needs. If you select a traditional walker that rests on four legs, you can lift it and place it some distance ahead of you. You can lean on the walker to provide stability as you walk. A rolling walker also rests on four legs but has a wheel at the bottom of each leg. Instead of lifting the walker, you can lean on it while pushing it forward on its wheels. Other options include a platform walker, hemi walker and three-wheel walker.
Ask your caregiver or a health-care professional to teach you how to use the walker. If you cannot reach the walker by yourself, ensure that someone is always with you when using it. Put the walker in front of your chair and slowly stand up. Firmly grasp the handles of the walker and move forward into it. Stand with your walker until you feel balanced and secure. When you are ready to walk, move the walker forward about one footstep ahead of you. Move forward taking small steps. Do not try to walk if you feel dizzy or faint. Do not use an escalator or climb stairs with your walker. Continue Reading
A do it yourself tile project is enjoyable when you have the basic tools at hand, plus the enthusiasm and energy for home improvement activities. Tiles add color, charm, thematic flavor and a distinct look to where they are placed. In addition, tiles are often used as a makeover measure.
Checklist for a do it yourself tile project
The materials you will need for a do it yourself tile project are a multi-purpose thin-set, chalk trowel, spacers, level, tape measure, sponge, grout and float and a wet saw. Before proceeding, however, the surface where the tiles will be placed should be checked for cracks. You need to also check and make sure that the surface is level.
How to install do it yourself tiles
Review your tile layout and decide how to cover your least noticeable wall. Then measure the area to be covered, at the same time making the necessary adjustments to your pattern, if any. Next, draw a chalk line from each side of the work area and a cross line as well.
In mixing the thin-set, follow the package instructions. The thicker you mix the thin-set, the easier it will be handled. Beginning in the middle, trowel the thin-set using the trowel’s flat side. Use the trowel’s toothed-side to make ridges. Then set the tile on top of the thin set, flatten with the chalk line and push down slowly in place. Proceed with the next tile, and so forth, until you reach the wall.
When you have laid down all the tiles, allow the tiles to dry for at least 24 hours before grouting the tiles. To grout a tile means dropping a dollop on to the tile itself and gently pressing into the crevices with the use of the float. Any excess grout is wiped off using a moistened sponge. Drying of the grout takes another 24 hours. Continue Reading
You can find various uses for a countertop almost anywhere in the house. It could be in the kitchen, the bathroom or just about any working area. What is more enjoyable is to design and create one on your own, tailored to your own needs and tastes.
Whether the countertop you are planning to work on is intended for a work area or for display, you can find an array of materials from which you can create them. Plastic laminates are the common materials for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Formica and Wilson Arts countertops are just two of its types. They are available in different colors and finishes and they are long-lasting and easy to maintain. Not to mention how versatile it is. You can even place an illuminated salon mirror on top of it -amazingly useful.. To top it all, the prices of plastic laminates are very affordable. In addition, they are very easy to maintain, thus eliminating the need for you to purchase expensive cleaning chemicals or hire professional cleaning services. Undertaking this project yourself will definitely add to your savings, provided you possess the minimum skills required, coupled with some patience. In just a few hours, you should be able to come up with a masterpiece.
How to make your own countertop
Countertop kits are readily available in home centers and lumberyards, with pre-made tops measuring 4 to 12 feet long and edges that are standard-curved or beveled-front. There are also pre-cut counters to match pre-cut slots. These are joined together with a special kind of adhesive and connector bolts. The cut-outs can be made with the use of a jigsaw with a down-cutting blade to prevent the laminate from chipping. Also included in the package is a belt sander which is used to sand or smoothen out the back edges of the counter. It is unlikely for a do-it-yourselfer to commit errors during this project because step-by-step user-friendly instructions are made available in the kits. Continue Reading
Preface: Sadie Mae was a bit embarrassed that I was writing about this, so I had to convince her that my being allowed to write about this trouble would help other puppy/owner relationships before she agreed to let me tell her story. But please, she humbly requests that you keep her anonymity.
Before bringing our beautiful new baby home to stay, I had gone online to do some reading about how to take care of our new little puppy. Somewhere I had read the advice that I should get her used to brushing her coat and bathing while she was still little, or that it would be very difficult to do these activities when she was a full grown 75 pound dog. I bought what looked like a good “combing instrument” for the thick undercoat I read about German Shepherds having. I also bought a mild flea shampoo, hoping that it would not be too rough on her soft puppy skin. I wanted to pamper my little girl and make sure she knew that she was loved and well cared for.
So it is with some disappointment that I share the following episode with you. Please keep in mind that I was still naive and had not fully developed my philosophy about our Master/Best Friend relationship yet. Had this philosophy been developed, what I am going to tell you know would have never taken place because I really make an effort now to try to think on her level, from the perspective that encouragement and letting her know that she is safe with me will develop the strong, loyal and obedient Master/ Best Friend relationship I want between us.
At any rate, when we brought little Sadie Mae home on the first day, it was apparent that she was a bit scared by all the changes around her. She stayed on her bed for almost a day and half without moving off of it. Worried about her, and wanting to let her know that she was going to be taken care of, I even brought the bowl of food and water into her at her bedside so that she would eat someting, or at least drink some water. Continue Reading